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This laptop flawlessly fits into any lifestyle

A laptop plays many crucial roles in our everyday lives. It’s a trusted travel companion, a workspace, a writing aid, a canvas. It’s a study guide, and a classroom assistant. It’s a lifeline to our social lives, to the news, to Game of Thrones

As arguably the most important piece of technology that we use on a daily basis, choosing the right laptop for your lifestyle is a weighty decision. But there’s one laptop on the market that can accommodate any and all of your creative, technical, professional, and academic needs: Here’s how the HP Pavilion x360 fits into four very different lifestyles — as it will surely fit into yours.

The jet-setting travel blogger

You’re a content-creating machine, churning out articles, photo essays, and vlogs on practically an hourly basis. As a frequent traveler, you appreciate better than most the beauty of items with two-in-one functionalities. After all, carry-on space is a precious commodity — and nothing beats a travel pillow that’s also a phone charger.

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As one of the premier two-in-one laptops available, the HP Pavilion x360 easily transitions from serious work laptop (for when you need to set up shop in a local cafe to meet a fast-approaching deadline), to tablet (for when you’ve got 14 hours on a plane to kill and are in desperate need of entertainment). With diagonal HD touch display, the device makes photo management, storage, and editing easier than ever — so you can manage your entire Instagram outtake library faster than you can say “hot dogs or legs?”

The Inking feature is particularly handy for journaling: Jot notes directly onto the screen in the early stages of your creative process, and supplement with hand-drawn designs that add creative flair. You’ve never experienced easier edits, either: Screen capture your first drafts, mark them up, and fire them off to your editor instantly.

The over-scheduled university student

The world is your oyster, even if all you can afford for dinner is ramen and store-brand soda. Between classes, volunteering, running the university’s sustainability program, and a sometimes overwhelming social scene (and also occasionally remembering to video chat with mom), you’ve got a packed schedule. Now is the time for exploring your passions and figuring out who (and what) you want to be in the “real world” — oh, and remembering to have a little fun along the way.

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Use the HP Active Pen to scrawl notes in class, create presentations that will blow your professors away, and send hand-drawn doodles to your BFFs on their birthdays. The laptop’s rich audio capabilities also mean that any small group study session can easily transition into a dorm-room dance party. 

For students on a budget, be sure to check out the student offers currently running on the HP site.

The hobbyist-turned-side-hustler

Despite the fact that you hold a degree in accounting, you’ve long dreamed about a career in the arts. These days, all your time and effort goes into your Etsy shop and the website you’re designing to promote your handmade jewelry line — and you’re one step closer to leaving your agonizing day job once and for all.

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Just as you understand the art of work-life balance, you’ll appreciate the HP Pavilion x360’s perfect blend of performance and style. From fiddling around with your new logo design to typing out 200 versions of your elevator pitch, this laptop is a trusty sidekick for your entire side-hustling to-do list. Manage expenses, track sales, and begin developing your marketing game-plan with easy integration with Microsoft Office as well as with apps like OneNote and PowerPoint.

The take-no-prisoners startup CEO

You’re all about the hustle, all day, every day. Efficiency is your favorite word in the English language, right up there with “disruption” and “innovate.” Your product is going to change the world — as soon as you’re able to get an office space outside of mom’s garage.

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The x360 has ample ports, so your work set-up can be as complex as you’d like: The laptop comes equipped with three USB ports (two 3.0 and one 2.0), a full HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and jacks for headphones and power cords. 

For your purposes, speed, storage, and serious battery life are musts in a laptop, and the HP x360 delivers on all fronts. The most robust model of the Pavilion x360 includes an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM — so you know you’ve got the brawn to keep chugging during those 18-hour days. If only you could find a co-founder this reliable.

From work to play and everything in between, the HP Pavilion x360 is the sidekick you can count on — no matter the lifestyle you lead.

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Lenovo just blew our minds with this bendable laptop concept

Wild concept renderings of tech devices are a dime a dozen, but when a major tech company shows one off, people tend to pay attention. 

On Tuesday, Lenovo uses the Lenovo Transform event in the New York to show off what it thinks may be the future of mobile computing: a bendable laptop. No, not bendable as in “with a hinge,”but like a piece of paper, except made of plastic and with a color display. 

Lenovo’s senior vice president of commercial business, Christian Teismann, unveiled the concept. Before showing it off, Teismann first took the audience through the history of Lenovo’s laptop product line and then delivered the moment that compelled everyone to whip out their smartphones and snap a photo of the futuristic device. 

A couple things that stand out are the fact that it has no trackpad. Instead, the graphic indicates that your primary mouse input functions will be carried out via voice commands. There’s also a stylus (fashioned as a pencil) that would allow you to write on the screen. As for how the screen will become so compliantly bendable, the only details offered on stage were that the housing and screen would be made of “advanced materials” and “new screen technologies.”

Unfortunately, the image shown is just a rendering and doesn’t even exist as a real prototype. But that’s OK. Innovation (whether it’s a feature we really need or not) starts with a vision, and if this is what Lenovo can deliver in the coming years, we can’t wait. 

That is, assuming we’re still using laptops and not brain implants with contact lens displays by the time they make this thing real. 

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Surface Laptop lets you restore back to Windows 10 S if you suddenly decide you hate apps

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Good news — no great news — the one thing that crippled Microsoft’s first laptop, the Surface Laptop, is no more.

As we said in our review, Windows 10 S and the fact that it only lets you install apps from the Windows Store (there’s no Chrome!) is too restrictive, and anybody who buys a Surface Laptop should immediately upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

The downside to upgrading from 10 S to 10 Pro was that you couldn’t revert or “downgrade” back if you changed your mind later. Microsoft’s now reversed that somewhat hostile stance.

Less than week after releasing the Surface Laptop, Microsoft’s provided a “recovery image” for owners to effectively revert back to Windows 10 S if they made the upgrade to 10 Pro.

It’s a nice token for Surface Laptop owners, but it’s also not as simple as clicking a button. To get your machine running Windows 10 S again, you’ll need to perform a factory reset, which means it’ll erase everything. So you’ll want to backup your data onto an external hard drive or to the cloud before doing so.

You can find both the recovery image and instructions on how to restore your Surface Laptop to Windows 10 S on Microsoft’s website.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop is one of the best Windows 10 laptops you can buy and a solid alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro.

It’s got a high-res touchscreen, a keyboard wrapped in Alcantara fabric that doesn’t feel like you’re typing on a table, all-day battery life, and a full-sized USB 3.0 port so you can live a dongle-free life.

Surface Laptop owners can upgrade their machines from 10 S to 10 Pro for free until the end of the year. After that, it’s $50 for the upgrade, and will presumably cost you each time you want to upgrade again after factory resetting back to Windows 10 S. Although, it’s possible you could save your Windows 10 Pro license and reuse it later. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify the upgrade fee after performing a factory reset.

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Razer’s new MacBook Pro slayer has no gimmicky Touch Bar

Razer, the company behind that crazy triple-screen laptop concept, will not stop until all other PC makers are its dust.

At this year’s E3 gaming expo, Razer refreshed its littlest laptop, the Blade Stealth, with the latest specs, and announced a new, toned down version with a larger screen (but the same dimensions) that ditches the brand’s neon green.

Is Razer finally growing up and shedding its gamer badge? Heck no. But at least you’ll be able to take your Stealth Blade to class or a meeting without looking like a total douchebag.

The Blade Stealth wowed us immediately with its stealthy compact aluminum design, 12-inch 4K-resolution IGZO touchscreen, solid Chroma-glowing keyboard and trackpad, and myriad ports.

It wasn’t much of a gaming laptop, but if you bolted on the Razer Core external GPU enclosure, you could definitely get desktop-class gaming performance out of it.

The new Blade Stealth has all of the things that made the original great, but now it’s got the latest seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processors, better Intel HD Graphics 620, 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of PCie SSD storage, and up to nine hours of battery life. All these specs will also hit your wallet kinda hard; a 512GB machine costs $1,599 and a 1TB $1,999.

If the 12.5-inch Blade Stealth screen’s a little too cramped for your liking, you might want to consider the more affordable 13.3-inch Blade Stealth, which starts at $1,399. It’s got a larger screen, but the body’s the exact same size as the 12.5-inch model, thanks to its slimmer bezels.

No glowing green logo on the gunmetal 13.3-inch Blade Stealth.

No glowing green logo on the gunmetal 13.3-inch Blade Stealth.

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The 13.3-inch Blade Stealth has the same processor, RAM, and graphics as its smaller-sized brother, but it comes with one big difference: screen resolution. Whereas the 12.5-inch has a 3,840 x 2,160 (4K) touchscreen, the 13.3-inch only has a 3,200 x 1,800 (QHD+) touchscreen. Will you see much of a difference? Not at all.

It's also a touchscreen.

It’s also a touchscreen.

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The larger-screened laptop also comes in two colors: black and gunmetal. 

Black comes with your standard Chroma-lit keyboard capable of glowing in 16.8 million colors per key, glowing green triple-headed snake logo, and green-colored USB ports. 

One Thunderbolt 3 port (USB-C), USB 3.0 port, and headphone jack.

One Thunderbolt 3 port (USB-C), USB 3.0 port, and headphone jack.

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USB 3.0 port and full-sized HDMI port.

USB 3.0 port and full-sized HDMI port.

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Gunmetal, however, is boardroom and classroom-ready. The backlit keyboard only lights up in white, the Razer logo on the lid is a more subtle polished gray, and the USB ports are standard silver. 

Some might find the gunmetal version dull (if you’re buying a Razer laptop, you’re not afraid to shout from rooftops you drink the green glow), but I personally prefer it over the standard black and green version. It’s too bad about the keyboard, though. I really wish it still had the Chroma keyboard.

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I’ve only had a few days to poke around with a pre-production gunmetal version, and so far it’s been pretty speedy. 

You just don’t realize how convenient it is to have full-sized USB and HDMI ports on your laptop until you’ve used laptops, like the new MacBook Pro, that don’t have them. That said, it’s also great to see a Thunderbolt USB-C port on the Blade Stealth, so you still get the best of both worlds.

Based on first impressions, I’d say the new 13.3-inch Blade Stealth is a better buy than the 12.5-inch version. The larger screen, despite its lower resolution, is roomier than the 12.5 despite having the same dimensions, and you get the same performance. Plus, no gimmicky Touch Bars.

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Asus unveils the world’s thinnest convertible laptop yet

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The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet.

Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large scale launch event, a day ahead of the larger Computex technology show in Taipei. 

The Zenbook Flip S is 10.9mm thin. In comparison, competitors like the HP Spectre x360 come in at 13.8mm, and the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm. 

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The Taiwanese maker’s 13.3″ laptop features a 360 degree hinge, and weighs just 1.1kg — again, lighter than the HP and Apple competition.

It’ll be priced at $1,099.

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The Flip S also boasts a fingerprint security sensor, 4K display, and fully supports Windows Ink in Windows 10 — the OS’s support for onscreen pen input.

And like everyone else, Asus is also jumping on the USB-C bandwagon, with two ports for data and charging.

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But how durable is the laptop?

Asus claims it’s able to handle 20,000 open and close cycles, so it should last its lifetime in the average user’s hands.

With a blue and gold finish, the ASUS Flip S is also stunning to look at — though its shiny surface also meant that every smudge and fingerprint could be seen. 

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Asus also unveiled four other laptops at the press conference: the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, the ZenBook Pro, the VivoBook S and the VivoBook Pro.

The VivoBook S comes in at the lowest price point — at just $499.

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At the launch event, Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, talked up the new laptops’ thin profiles, saying: “Our brand-new ZenBook and VivoBook line-up…[provides] everyone with a new definition of thin, beautiful and powerful laptops.”

Stay tuned for more news from the Computex 2017 in Taipei, as we cover it from the showfloor.

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